My cheap & easy to make DIY Beanie / Hat Display Stands
I wanted to display my sample beanies & hat but didn't have any stand to do so. After googling & everything, not much info on display stand DIY. Some available hat stands I've found was head mannequin or just simple acrylic / metal stand. These are normally kinda hard to get in Malaysia & I bet it's expensive for crafters like me.
Eventually I've decided on DIY my own display stand. I went to the Art Friend Shop in Gardens to get some materials & ideas for the stand. After browsing in the store, eventually I ended up buying some cylindrical & disc shape polystyrene. I've decided to make use these polystyrene to make my beanie & hat display stand. It's cheap & easy to cut the length just by using a cutter knife. Here's what I did for making my beanie/hat display stand:
Here the polystyrene cylinder & disc that I've glued together with No More Nails Adhesive. I've cut the cylinder into two pieces with different length & glue it on the disc. I've tried to glue polystyrene with UHU glue last time when I make a keychain display & it melted the foam as UHU it is from petroleum based. Try not to use any petroleum based glue for polystyrene foams.
LESSON #1 Do not use petroleum based glue (such as UHU) for polystyrene foam. It melts them!
I wanted to colour the plain white polystyrene. So I tried with some gold colour can spray which is Ester & Keton based. As I have some doubt on using alcohol based paint spray for the polystyrene (as petroleum based glue melts them), I tested it first on an unused polystyrene. The can spray paint melts them!! Well at least I tried on an unused polystyrene =)
LESSON #2 Do not use alcohol based can spray paint for polystyrene. It melts them too!
As the paint test with a can spray has failed, I tried on a different type of paint which was a water based mural paint (black colour) that I bought from a stationary shop near my home. The paint was water proof, non-toxic & light odour. Tested the paint on the unused polystyrene & it worked just fine =)
LESSON #3 Use water based paint (like Artiz Mural Colour) for polystyrene.
So I start to paint my polystyrene hat stand with the mural paint using a brush....
LESSON #4 Make sure to put a paper sheet on your floor or do it out door. It can get really messy.
One finished & 2 more to go....
Tadaaaa~ Here's my painted polystyrene display stands. Let it dry for more than 2 hours & they are ready to be use!
LESSON #5 Make sure it's dried properly before handle it. If not the paint will be ruined & it will need some touch up.
One hat stand can be use to display 2 beanie/hat and it's very light (but a bit bulky) to carry if you have to prepare for a booth in market/bazaar.
It's quite cheap to make:
- Polystyrene only around RM14 (for making 3 stands)
- Mural colour was RM18 for 1kg (used just a bit but can be use for something else)
- Brush for paint was around RM6
- No More Nail adhesive around RM15 per tube (used the left over I have so no need to buy)
p/s: If the display stand is too light, you can put something heavy like nice looking rock (such as the one use in fish tank) to stable it. Plus, you can even glue another polystyrene ball on top of the cylinder to make a nice volume for your beanie. I didn't managed to find some but then without the ball is still look ok =)